Bonhams’ annual Quail Lodge sale this year brought the familiar mix of eclectic, often unrestored classics. All eras were represented, with model years ranging from 1903 all the way up to 2022. With misses for the auction’s two biggest cars, the 1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight with a $6.3M no-sale and the 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante with a $2.5M no-sale, top spot at Bonhams went to a 1955 Ferrari 250 Europa sold for $2.1M. A 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 also brought $2M.
Bonhams often consigns some of the most interesting early motorcars in Monterey and this year brought several surprising results to prove that the market for the best century-old automobiles is alive and well. A 1903 Winton Toy Tonneau sold for $335,000 against a $250K high estimate, a 1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Piccadilly Roadster sold for over double its high estimate at $1.325M, and a 1917 Detroit Electric brought over triple its high estimate at $140,000.
We outline the most interesting and significant sales from Bonhams Quail Lodge 2022 on the pages below. Keep an eye on this space, as we’ll be adding more auction reports from this and all the other Monterey auctions over the next couple of weeks.
Bonhams’ next collector car auction will be held on September 9-10 at the Beaulieu National Motor Museum in England.